Met earns millions for policing football but costs are higher still

policeThe Metropolitan Police was paid more that £10 million for policing matches in the Premier League and Football League from 2010 to 2014.

And more than a third of that money came from Arsenal, who paid more than double their north London rival Tottenham and nearly 3 times as much as Chelsea.

The figures on income from policing fooball were revealed by the Metropolitan Police in response to a freedom on information request. It shows that income from all clubs in the 2013/14 season was £1.9 million, down from almost £2.5 million the season before.

Metropolitan Police, Income from Premier League and Football League clubs
2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 Total
All Clubs £2,637,621 £3,112,736 £2,482,180 £1,908,954 £10,141,491
Arsenal £923,462 £943,136 £923,462 £767,075 £3,557,135
Chelsea £318,350 £328,897 £318,350 £237,235 £1,202,832
Crystal Palace 188,705 £219,204 £174,120 £62,945 £644,974
Fulham £155,671 £190,771 £157,671 £99,136 £603,249
QPR £109,101 £138,674 £87,901 £51,556 £387,232
Tottenham £404,265 £423,486 £404,265 £283,587 £1,515,603
West Ham £189,694 £537,934 £189,694 187,303 £1,104,625

Arsenal’s Emirates stadium has the largest capacity in London after Wembley with seating for more than 60,000, but taking the charges as a cost per seat still show Arsenal paying a much bigger bill. On the basis of the 2013/14 season Arsenal paid £12.69 per seat, Chelsea £5,67 and Tottenham £7.81.

Policing of matches has been a contentious issue with the football authorities arguing that part of the cost should be met within the regular police budget and that is it unfair to charge all costs to the clubs.

A legal ruling in 2008 said the clubs could only be held liable for costs incurred for policing in their ‘footprint’, meaning inside a stadium or in the area immediately surrounding it.. That means a substantial shortfall for the police for the cost of officers on the routes to and from the grounds.

Information previously released by the Met shows that it estimates that the cost of policing Premier League matches in the 2012/13 season was £3.25 million. The most recent data release shows that the income from the 6 clubs in the league that season was £2.08 million.

The bill for the Met has gone up since. In response to a question from Labour London Assembly member Andrew Dinsmore the Mayor has revealed that the cost to the force for policing outside club ‘footprints’ was £1.9 million in the last season, 2014/15.

Guidelines issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers in 2014 says that all the costs of policing a football match should be recovered. But the arrangements between forces and clubs are subject to individual agreements and the debate about who pays the bill is likely to continue.

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A poor day out in the Prem is away fans’ verdict on most London grounds

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A poor day out in the Prem is away fans’ verdict on most London grounds

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Going to a football match in London rates poorly with away fans, according to a survey carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

It asked 4000 fans to rate their experience of away games. The average score out of 10 for Premier League clubs outside London was 6.4. But for London grounds in the top flight it was 5.4.

To add further misery to a terrible season for QPR, the club has managed to come bottom of another league. A visit to Loftus Road was rated as the worst away experience in the Premier League or the Championship with a score of just 3.6.

Crystal Palace fared little better. While the Holmesdale end is happily singing the praises of Alan Pardew fans in the away corner are giving Selhurst Park a thumbs down with a score of 4.9.

The best Premier League experience in London is at Arsenal’s £390 million palace, the Emirates Stadium, the UK’s third biggest ground after Wembley and Old Trafford. Away fans gave it a generous 6.8. Spurs came second behind their north London rivals.

Away fans

Supporters were asked to rate their away experience based on transport links, turnstiles, stadium layout, sightlines, food and drink, and safety and security.

The top Premier League experience was at the KC Stadium with a score of 7.7, a small consolation for relegated Hull City. The overall winner out of both Premier League and the Championship was Wigan Athletic.

The best experiences in London were at Championship Fulham and at Watford, who will be welcoming the top clubs and their supporters to Vicarage Road next season.

Supporters were also asked what factors influenced their decision about whether to attend an away game. Price and distance were significant factors but with a heavy dose of realism only 4% cited the likelihood of victory as the reason to travel.

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Footy fans get a great deal in London – on the tea, at least

 

Footy fans get a great deal in London – on the tea, at least

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The football season’s not over yet, but London fans best start saving for next.  Data analysis by Urbs of information gathered by the BBC from 207 clubs show that fans of London teams in the Premier League will again be paying over the odds compared to the rest of the country.

Urbs compared the prices of season and match day tickets at the 6 London clubs with the 14 others in the Premier League. The average price in London for the cheapest season ticket is 56% higher than the average outside the capital. For the most expensive season ticket its 88% higher.

There’s a similar story for match day tickets.  At London Premier League grounds the prices are 10% more expensive on average for cheaper seats and 53% higher for the top price ones.

Looking at the details, club by club Arsenal top the table for season ticket prices.  The most expensive at the Emirates is £2,013.  It’s a shade cheaper at their north London rivals, Tottenham. West Ham’s most pricey season ticket is less than half that at £940.  The cheapest season ticket in London is at Crystal Palace.  At £420 it is less than the average price for the 14 teams outside London.

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The highest match day entry is also at the Emirates at £97 for the best seat.  The best in the ground is cheaper at Stamford Bridge but the lowest on the day deal if you want to see Chelsea is still £50.  The lowest match day price is at West Ham with £20 for the cheapest but £75 for the most expensive.  That compares to the out of London average prices of £28 and £49.

Football match day tickets

There is one small piece of good news for fans in London.  The tea is cheaper by an average of 4p a cup.  But as our “pie” chart below shows,  there are few bargains to be had when it comes to getting something to eat.

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